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Lake County cashes in on Hagerstown's four errors

June 13, 2004|By BOB PARASILITI

The Hagerstown Suns management has had some success winning over fans with giveaway gifts.

But the Suns baseball team is finding out it can't win games when it gives away runs.

Hagerstown handed out three "Go to Home Free" cards Saturday and couldn't overcome the generosity in a 5-4 loss to Lake County before 3,833 fireworks fanatics at Municipal Stadium.

"It's tough to recover from some of the mistakes we made tonight," Suns manager Mike Ramsey said. "We gave them two runs in the fourth and that cost us and then we gave them another one later with a throw into center field. When you hold a good hitting club like that to three hits you should win, but we made too many mistakes."

Lake County (31-31) used the Suns' hospitality to post a four-run fourth and break a scoreless tie. Hagerstown committed two of its four errors in the inning as there was no such thing as an easy out.

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Starting pitcher Juan Serrato, who hurt himself with six walks in four innings of work, got swamped by circumstances more than the Captains' offense.

With a run in and runners on second and third, Luis Catto struck out on a ball in the dirt and drew a throw to first for the out, allowing Richardo Rojas to steal home and Micah Schilling to advance to third. Clayton McCullough followed with a swinging bunt that Serrato mishandled for an error, allowing the third run to cross.

Lake County got the fourth run when Chris De La Cruz grounded into a force at second that Pat Dobson threw away trying for a double play.

Dobson homered to left-center field to put the Suns on the scoreboard in the sixth, but Lake County countered with a run in the seventh when De La Cruz walked and went to third on a steal with Brian Munhall's throw sailing into center field. He scored on Bill Peavy's grounder.

The Suns moved within 5-4 in the seventh on Jon Coutlangus' two-run homer and Nate Schierholtz's RBI double with none out, but they failed to score the tying run.

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